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Simple as using a smartphone – Industry 4.0 made easy

Technews Industry Guide - Industrial Internet of Things 2016 IT in Manufacturing

Apps instead of complex programming

Modern sensors offer more and more intelligent functions that can also be made available to the PLC via interfaces like IO-Link or TCP/IP. To use them, the PLC programmer has to individually implement the functionalities in the PLC. This is time-consuming and costly, especially when it comes to implementing the required user interfaces.

From now on: fit for Industry 4.0 – ifm System Solutions

With the new ifm System Solution Apps, ifm electronic has developed a system that is easy to create. It allows process data from different sensors to be transmitted to common fieldbus systems, and their parameters are easily accessible. For this purpose, ifm now offers tailored apps, which can be loaded into the ifm fieldbus gateway without any programming software.

The centrepiece for using the ifm System Solution App is the AC14 SmartPLC. On the one hand, the device has a certified fieldbus interface (Profinet, Profibus, EtherNet/IP) for the connection to a PLC. On the other, the AC14 features excellent communication possibilities via an additional Ethernet interface and up to two AS-i masters for connection to a variety of sensors and actuators. Loading and configuration of the app is via the integrated Web interface, i.e. all necessary settings can be carried out conveniently via a device with an Internet browser.

For more information contact Alwyn Skelton, ifm electronic ZA, 086 143 6772, info.za@ifm.com, www.ifm.com


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